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LOL Healthcare.gov Busted for Using Copyrighted Scripts - Company to Pursue Action!
10-18-2013, 02:51 PM #1
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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Quote:"Healthcare.gov, the federal government's Obamacare website, has been under heavy criticism from friend and foe alike during its first two weeks of open enrollment. Repeated errors and delays have prevented many users from even establishing an account, and outside web designers have roundly panned the structure and coding of the site as amateurish and sloppy. The latest indication of the haphazard way in which Healthcare.gov was developed is the uncredited use of a copyrighted web script for a data function used by the site, a violation of the licensing agreement for the software."

"The script in question is called DataTables, a very long and complex piece of website software used for formatting and presenting data. DataTables was developed by a British company called SpryMedia which licenses the open-source software freely to anyone who complies with the licensing agreement. A note at the bottom of the DataTables.net website says: "DataTables designed and created by SpryMedia © 2008-2013."
Read more: http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/obam...63666.html

This is just unreal, this debacle just keeps getting worse.

For the the unbelievable amount of $634 million dollars they received, they didn't even code the data aggregation tables themselves.

This was supposed to be the crowning achievement of the current administration and all they did was copy and past free open source code, and attempted to pass it off as their own.

They deleted all of the tags that comply with the open source licensing agreement in other words, they committed copyright infringement. lmao.gif

Will the software company force the US government to take their site down? popcorn2.gif



10-18-2013, 02:55 PM #2
Octo Mother Superior
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Oh my... lmao.gif
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10-18-2013, 02:59 PM #3
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I can not believe this, they should get their money back.
10-18-2013, 03:05 PM #4
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif They need to pursue legal action against this company. Any web designer worth his salt could have single-handedly coded this from scratch in a few months for about ten grand or so.
They may well be forced to start from scratch. facepalm_panda.gif


10-18-2013, 03:46 PM #5
yankees skier
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I guess I'm not surprised, the US Gov't ignores its own laws all the time.

10-18-2013, 03:55 PM #6
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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yup.gif Convictions of convenience.